This trip report will be the second in a series of five, covering my recent holiday to South East Asia. The routing was NCL-DXB-KUL-DPS-SIN-HKG-DXB-NCL – with Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Jetstar Asia.
You can find Part 1 of this series here:
South East Asia Part 1: NCL-DXB-KUL With EK (by Lap747 Aug 30 2011 in Trip Reports)
This second report will be focusing on the KUL-DPS flight with Malaysia Airlines.
After 3 fantastic days in Kuala Lumpur, it was time to move on to our next destination – Bali, Indonesia. We had a choice of three airlines when booking the flight – AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines. We initially were going to choose AirAsia due to the low fares, however I noticed that MH were offering good prices, that were only a little over that of AirAsia. The price of GA was a bit too expensive. My family agreed to this and we booked up for MH851, the midday flight flown by the B734.
Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport is Indonesia’s third busiest after Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport.
With our hotel being in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, the easiest way to get to the airport was to take the subway to KL Sentral and then get the KLIA Express to the airport. This would be quicker than trying to take a taxi through the city centre at 9 in the morning, due to Kuala Lumpur’s highly congested streets!
On the subway from KLCC to KL Sentral
It didn’t take long to get to KL Sentral.
Heading for the KLIA Express
When we arrived at the ticketing area for the train, I was surprised to see an area that looked like an airport. I went over to have a look and sure enough, they were check-in desks. It is very convenient to be able to get rid of your bags at the train station rather than taking them on the train to the airport yourself.
Malaysia Airlines Office
Check in desk
If I remember correctly, you could check in for EK, CX and MH at the station. Can't remember if there were any others, maybe someone can help me out?
On the way to KLIA
Arriving in good time
DPS here I come!
There was a lot of time to kill in the airport before my flight, so I decided to take a trip to the viewing area.
Not quite sure what this was?
One of the newer B738’s – 9M-MXA delivered in November 2010, I was hoping to fly on one of these as they have the Sky Interior; but only the B734’s fly to DPS along with a daily B772 and A330
Some more views –
Truly ASEAN special colours for this AirAsia A320
MU A320 B-6371, MH B772 9M-MRE and an MI A320
A couple of MH A330’s resting
As the time was getting on, I headed through security and into the departure hall.
Some more models
Looking down the terminal building
I then went to get something to eat in ‘Oldtown White Coffee’ where the views of the tarmac were just as good as the viewing area.
MH B734 9M-MMQ
Silkair A320 9V-SLG
Looking over to the LCCT with an A333 in a special colour scheme
Before I knew it, it was time to head down to gate G4 for my 1205 flight.
Sunday 7th August 2011
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK) – Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS/WADD)
Departure Time – 1205
Arrival Time – 1505
Duration – 3 hours
Aircraft – Boeing 737-4H6 / 9M-MMX / Built in 1993
Seat – 15B
Photo © Q. Tseng
Photo © Sri Ramani Kugathasan
The screen outside G4, with the flight to SGN changing gate numbers
Upon entering the gate, everyone had to go through security screening again. We then proceeded down to the holding area where boarding was announced soon after.
Looking down the airbridge
9M-MMX was operating today’s flight – an 18 year old B734.
Seated in 15B
Pushback was on time, and we made our way to runway 14R for what seemed quite a powerful takeoff.
After this we entered some thick cloud for around 10 minutes, and had some quite heavy turbulence.
Can’t see much!
Signs of wear and tear due to the age of the aircraft
Soon the meal service commenced, the choice was either chicken or fish and I managed to get the very last chicken meal!
The meal tasted very good! It was spicy chicken with coconut rice and a fruity vegetable side.
Around 20 minutes later everything was cleared away and the duty free followed shortly after.
I bought a B772 in the Freedom Of Space colours
Some views out the window, with a couple of volcanoes in the distance... we must be over Indonesia now!
The captain made a PA saying we were going to be commencing our descent and smooth weather conditions on the descent were expected along with sunshine and 29 degrees in DPS this afternoon.
Fully configured for landing
We made a smooth touchdown on runway 09.
Lots of tails!
Arrived at the gate a little early, wonderful weather to begin a relaxing 6 days in Bali!
Looking back from the airbridge
One last shot
With us parking at the far end of the terminal building I was able to get some good photos while walking through to immigration.
CX B773 heading back to HKG
Welcome to Bali!
BR A332 B-16306 arriving from TPE
CI A333 B-18391 getting ready to head back to Taiwan. This A333 is only a few months old, it was delivered on the 16th March 2011 and is leased to CI from VS.
Now for the fun part... immigration...
Upon arrival into Indonesia, most foreign travellers have to get a visa on arrival which costs USD$25 per person. After getting this, you then have to queue for passport control. Due to two other flights arriving at the same time as ours, it became very busy and took well over an hour to get through the immigration process. I think DPS need to upgrade the facilities to make it faster during peak times!
When we finally got through, our bags had already been taken off the belt and had been put to one side, we then headed out the terminal to get a taxi.
Outside the terminal
View towards the terminal and control tower
We found a taxi no problem and went to our hotel in the resort of Sanur. The drive to the hotel was interesting, as there seems to be no rules on the road in Indonesia! At least not compared to the UK! It was quite scary yet fun at the same time, and the amount of mopeds on the road is unbelievable, along with all the things people have on them, such as little shops, food and books!
Nevertheless, we arrived within 30 minutes and began an enjoyable 6 days in Bali
Thanks for reading, part 3 to follow next which will cover the flight from DPS to SIN with AirAsia.